A 'sacred cow' in the church is a tradition that has been exalted to a position of normalcy without Biblical warrant. Sacred cows are often hard to get rid of because they are accepted and considered respectable in Christianity. They are virtually immune from criticism. The sacred cows mentioned in this book are fairly recent phenomena. These are the new traditions--the new sacred cows that are leading Christians away from obedience to God's word. The purpose of this book is to help Christians think through the methods they use in ministry and to recognize some of these sacred cows so they may tip them over.
Some people believe that cows sleep standing up, and when pushed hard enough, they can be tipped over. "Cow tipping" in reality seems to be an urban legend. Sacred cow tipping, however, is no urban legend, and all Christians should participate.
Please join me for some sacred cow tipping!
"This book will certainly put a 'pebble in the shoe' of anyone following the traditions of men. You will be encouraged to grow in a steadfast obedience to God and His Word."
--Mike Leake, associate pastor, First Baptist Church Jasper, IN; author, Torn to Heal: God's Good Purpose in Suffering, Cruciform Press
"This is an excellent, timely, and concise book. Jared Moore challenges several popular practices in ministry today. All believers, and especially pastors, will benefit from reading and prayerfully considering what Moore has to say."
--Rachel Miller, news editor, The Aquila Report; author, A Daughter of the Reformation blog
"'Ten Sacred Cows...' is a must-read for every pastor and church leader who is willing to look closely at their ministry in the light of God's word. Moore offers a pithy and rich treatise on the current trends in the church and why they must be examined, exposed and even expelled."
--Michael Duncan, pastor, Mountain View Baptist Church, Darrington, WA; Bible commentator and co-host, the Alive in Christ Radio Network; author, Shadow Remnant and co-author, The Discipling Church
"Once again, Jared Moore has succinctly and directly addressed some of the widespread problems in our modern churches. His thoughts on these "Sacred Cows" would serve any pastor or church member well. I look forward to seeing how Jared's writing will continue to serve the Gospel of Christ and His Church as we read, consider, and put into practice these wise words."
--Christie Wright, Assistant Head of School, Highland Rim Academy, Cookeville, TN; teaches Ancient History and Literature, Theology, and Rhetoric; pastor's wife and mother to three young children
"There's no reason not to read 10 Sacred Cows in Christianity that Need to be Tipped! It will only take about 15 minutes. But your thinking will be sharpened by that investment of your time. You may not agree with Moore on every detail. But shouldn't 'tipping sacred cows' be a goal of all Baptists? Every generation breeds its own sacred cows. It is the duty of every generation to take this vaunted stock before the ultimate livestock judge. Place your sacred cows beside the plumb line of the word of God and ask what must be eliminated. Jared Moore's book does just that."
--R. L. Vaughn, pastor, Old Prospect Baptist Church, Mt. Enterprise, TX; author, Materials Toward a History of Feet Washing Among the Baptists; co-editor, SingtheTrumpet.com
"Jared Moore addresses 10 coveted practices in the modern church in this concise work. While these 10 practices tend to make ministry more comfortable, Moore challenges that comfort with a biblical lens. He writes with a pastor's heart to help the church get closer to God's heart."
--Mark Lamprecht, Christian blogger, hereiblog.com
"For such a brief, accessible and easy-to-read work, it is packed remarkably full of truth and food for thought. I pray that it will be useful to God in the sanctification of his church."
--Jeri Tanner, Christian, wife, mom, and grandma